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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / May 4, 2016

Ferroelectric nanowires make personal cooling units, 3-D-printed foams outperform other materials, origin of earth’s oldest zircon crystals, and more materials stories that may be of interest for May 4, 2016.

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Ceramics and glass business news of the week

By April Gocha / May 8, 2015

Partnership to improve ceramic catalytic filters, updated tableware guidelines, and more ceramics and glass business news of the week for May 8, 2015.

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DOE announces $9-million funding opportunity for solar R&D

By Jessica McMathis / December 7, 2014

The Department of Energy is handing out $9 million for R&D related to the advancement of photovoltaic technologies that slash the price tag of solar energy systems.

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Raise the photovoltaic roof: Rooftop and utility-scale solar prices are on the decline

By Jessica McMathis / November 18, 2014

According to a news release, two reports—Utility Scale Solar and Tracking the Sun—from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show that solar costs substantially less than it did in recent years.

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Solar Roadways nabs grant for prototype panel

By / September 9, 2009

I’m not sure if this Solar Roadways concept is insane or brilliant, but I think my gut reaction is that this is generally far fetched – at least on the scale these visionaries are thinking about. Having noted that, I also think it might be useful for some specific roadway signage applications in the short…

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Solar panel prices dropping

By / September 1, 2009

The New York Times reported last week that the price of solar panels has dropped 40 percent in a little more than a year. That’s good news for consumers who have been scared off by the initial upfront costs for installing a solar array. The federal 30 percent subsidy for renewable energy projects has helped…

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Carbon nanotubes used to detect color

By RussJordan / May 26, 2009

Research being conducted at Sandia National Lab might eventually be applied to an optical detector with nanometer-scale resolution, ultra-tiny digital cameras, solar cells with more light absorption capability and a better device for genome sequencing. However, the near-term purpose of the research is basic science. The Sandia researchers report they have created the first carbon…

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Schott combines CSP and PV production in new New Mexico solar plant

By / May 13, 2009

Schott Solar this week cut the ribbon on new $100 million facility in Albuquerque to produce large-scale concentrated solar power receivers and PV units. Schott, which also has production facilities in Germany, the Czech Republic and Spain, says the 200,000 square-foot plant will provide at least 350 jobs, and is being described as only the…

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Skyline comes out of hiding, unveils PV-concentrating plant

By / May 4, 2009

[flash /ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/skyline_solar.flv mode=1 f={image=/ceramictechtoday/wp-content/video/skyline_solar.jpg}] A new name in PV manufacturing, Skyline Solar, went public today with its business plans and demonstrations of its High Gain Solar arrays technology that it claims will bring the cost of solar power to competitive levels in the normal electricity market. The HGS system, which uses a novel parabolic reflector…

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Solyndra snags big solar loan guarantee offer

By / March 23, 2009

The DOE promised to act fast in distributing its stimulus monies and it is. It’s been announced that one of the first offers is going to Solyndra, a Fremont, Calif., company with a maverick technology I profiled back in October. A $535 million guarantee will allow the company to obtain lower-than-market financing to expand its…

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